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Job Opening: Youth Events Coordinator

Job Title: Youth Events Coordinator

FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt

Annualized FTE: 1.0 FTE

Closing Date: June 21, 2019

Organization: Minnesota Alliance With Youth works in partnership with youth to ensure that ALL young people have equitable educational opportunities that foster their individual assets, honor their voices, and prepare them to reach their goals. The Alliance accomplishes this mission through our core organizational values of equity, quality, and collaboration.

 Position Overview

The Minnesota Youth Council (MYC) is a diverse group of youth and adults that represent the changing face of our state and provide much-needed youth perspective into issues throughout Minnesota. The Council is a network of 36 youth in grades 8-12 (4 from each Minnesota Congressional district and 4 at-large), and their adult partners. The mission of the Minnesota Youth Council is to elevate and celebrate the voices and opinions of young people, especially those whose voices are not often heard or are systemically silenced. The Youth Events Coordinator supports MYC youth through event coordination, member support, training, communications, and recruitment responsibilities.  The Youth Events Coordinator will play a critical role in supporting youth to utilize their own voices to create systemic change.

Responsibilities

Essential functions include:

  • Support strategic equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts at the Alliance and perform all essential functions with an equity lens

Events Coordination

  • Oversee and coordinate all MYC monthly meetings, retreats and other special events
  • Coordinate planning and logistics of YELS (Youth Education Leadership Summit)
  • Coordinate planning and logistics of YDAC (Youth Day at the Capitol)

Training and Facilitation

  • Oversee documentation of best practices, training, and curriculum for youth members and adult partners
  • Support and create training materials and workshops for four annual retreats, along with additional opportunities for involvement
  • Research, document, and evaluate best practices and curriculum used by other statewide youth councils to train new and returning youth participants in how to be civically engaged
  • Work with youth members in preparing for education related activities and public speaking opportunities

 Communications and Outreach

  • Identify opportunities for MYC members to present at conferences, participate in events, and showcase their work
  • Create written materials describing the MYC to increase visibility
  • Manage and update the Minnesota Youth Council’s online content and presence including website, Instagram, and Twitter accounts
  • Collaborate with the Chief Advancement Officer to compile and distribute the MYC monthly newsletter
  • Report to and communicate regularly with MYC members and adult partners
  • Support the recruitment and retention of 36 youth council members from across the state and their adult partners
  • Collaborate with MYC team to support, train and develop relationships with MYC members (youth and adults)
  • Oversee all alumni engagement

Program and Member Support

  • Manage MYC member paperwork
  • Build capacity for MYC youth to support youth voice statewide in their communities
  • Support evaluation efforts to demonstrate the impact of the MYC
  • Assist staff in assessing the recruitment plan for the MYC; write materials, determine social networking options, collect applications, develop protocols for interviews and selection process

Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to racial justice and educational equity
  • Experience overseeing planning and implementation of events
  • Experience developing and facilitating training
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Tolerance of ambiguity
  • Presents a young-people-first mindset
  • Understands the context of MN’s education system and the disparities in graduation, discipline and access
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, Board members, external partners and donors
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Adaptability and flexibility with various competing demands
  • Excellent customer/client service
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment
  • Strong commitment to the Alliance core values of equity, quality and collaboration

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, education, youth development, or related field, and/or a combination of education and experience
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities
  • Experience and interest in internal and external communications and partnership development
  • Strong commitment to the Alliance core values of equity, quality and collaboration
  • Ability to shift focus in response to evolving organizational needs
  • Ability to manage large scale programs
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Ability to perform sedentary work as required

Typical Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Able to work at a computer for up to 8 hours per day
  • Able to work in environment that is quiet but with many people demanding attention
  • Able to frequently stand, walk, sit, and climb in performing duties in the office and for onsite and offsite meetings and events
  • Able to maintain regular operation of normal office machines (telephone, computer, copier, and other office machines) is required
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Able to work evening and weekends for meetings and events
  • Able to travel to community partner locations in the Twin Cities metro area and in Greater MN (St. Cloud, Duluth, Grand Rapids, Bemidji, Moorhead, Mankato, etc.)

 Compensation and Benefits

Salary is $36,000 – $38,000 plus excellent benefit package. 40 hours per week/52 weeks per year. Office located in St. Paul, MN.

To learn more about Minnesota Alliance With Youth, visit our website at:  www.mnyouth.net.

To apply, interested candidates must complete a cover letter, resume, and provide contact information for three references.  Please send all required materials electronically to kyang@mnyouth.net and include in the subject line Youth Events Coordinator. Deadline to apply is June 21, 2019.  No phone calls please. Interviews will take place the week of July 1 and/or July 8.

Please note: We are committed to recruiting and engaging individuals without regard to disability, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.  We are committed to the principle of equity and are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of individuals.

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

  • Reasonable accommodations provided upon request.
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